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US offer cash to tanker captains in bid to seize Iranian ships

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US offer cash to tanker captains in bid to seize Iranian ships
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The Financial Times said on Wednesday that “four days before the US imposed sanctions on an Iranian tanker supposed of transporting oil to Syria, the vessel’s Indian captain received an uncommon email from the top Iran official at the Department of State.”
“This is Brian Hook . . . I work for secretary of state Mike Pompeo and serve as the US Representative for Iran,” Mr Hook wrote to Akhilesh Kumar on August 26, according to several emails seen by the Financial Times. “I am writing with good news.”
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The “good news” was that the Trump administration was offering Mr Kumar several million dollars to pilot the ship — until recently known as the Grace 1 — to a country that would impound the vessel on behalf of the US. To make sure Mr Kumar did not mistake the email for a scam, it included an official state department phone number.
The website said that the “remarkable outreach by such a high-ranking official was not an isolated case.” Mr Hook, who heads the state department’s Iran Action Group, has emailed or texted roughly a dozen captains in recent months in an effort to scare mariners into understanding that helping Iran evade sanctions comes at a heavy price.
 
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